Whether you’re looking for a five-star getaway in the heart of downtown Denver or a quiet B&B nestled in one of the city’s original upscale neighborhoods, these one-of-a-kind lodgings will afford you some extraordinary Mile High memories. Drink in the views (and the cocktails) at downtown’s premier rooftop pool and terrace, soak in therapeutic artesian well waters 750-feet below ground at a spa that’s been around since 1892, and wine and dine at some of the city’s finest and most unique restaurants and bars. These 10 places to stay in Denver are truly unforgettable!
1. The Oxford Hotel
Denver's oldest, most historic (and haunted) hotel in the heart of LoDo opened its doors in 1891 and has been charming customers with its elegant Victorian, art-deco style ever since. The hotel, which used to have men's-only dining rooms, horse stables, and saloons, now boasts McCormick's (one of the Mile High's best seafood restaurants), as well as a fabulous spa and the Cruise Room, a replica of a lounge on the Queen Mary cruise ship. (Fun Fact: Teddy Roosevelt, Hillary Clinton, and the Dalai Lama have all slept here).
2. Hotel Teatro
The Tramway Building, which was erected in 1911 and holds a spot on the National Register of Historic Places, is now home to Hotel Teatro, a luxurious boutique hotel located in the Theater District near lively LoDo. One-of-a-kind images and costumes from the Denver Center Theatre add to the decor in the lobby, parlor, and guest rooms, and it also houses two of the city's top restaurants, PRIMA and Kevin Taylor, Denver's only four-star, four-diamond restaurant. Hotel Teatro is the perfect combination of sophistication and charm!
3. Brown Palace Hotel
This classic luxury landmark built in 1892 is heralded as a national treasure and has served as a hub of the bustling Denver financial district since its inception. Its stunning blend of Victorian and modern decor, legendary restaurants and bars, world-famous Champagne brunch, and luxurious spa fed by an artesian well 750' below the hotel, make it a truly unforgettable place to stay! (Oh, and did I mention it's also haunted)!?
4. Four Seasons Hotel Denver
Looking for a five-star urban oasis in the heart of downtown Denver? Indulge at this chic destination hotel and spa, known for having the Mile High's premier rooftop pool and terrace, as well as oversized windows for breathtaking views of the city and the Rockies. Dine at their modern steakhouse EDGE or al fresco on their lushly landscaped pool terrace, with an inspiriting cocktail in hand. There is truly nothing else as luxurious in the Mile High City!
5. Hotel Monaco
This sophisticated boutique hotel located in the historic 1917 Railway Exchange Building and the 1937 Art Moderne Title Building, prides itself on top-notch service and a rich interior including custom furniture that gives it a regal yet residential style that'll make you feel right at home. Besides their stellar service, another perk is their prime location, just steps away from the happenings at Larimer Square and the 16th Street Mall. (And don't miss the complimentary wine during their Altitude Adjustment Hour from 5-6pm).
6. Magnolia Hotel
Just a stone's throw from the Pepsi Center, Mile High Stadium, Coors Field, the 16th Street Mall, and more, is this supreme hotel with "old world charm" paired with chic, modern decor. It was built in 1910 in a landmark building that served as the American National Bank and was restored keeping the original details, such as the terra cotta accents and a replica of the corner clock. Amenities include fireplace suites, complimentary breakfast, a wine and beer reception every evening, and warm cookies and milk before bed. What's more charming than that!?
7. The Crawford Hotel
The boutique Crawford Hotel, housed in one of Denver's liveliest historical landmarks, is a truly unique hidden gem that provides superb lodging in an unbeatable location! Each of the three floors has a different style of decor, with the 2nd floor evoking train travel, the 3rd floor maintaining classic, Victorian-inspired rooms, and the 4th making use of the old attic space with loft rooms containing the original wood beams and exposed brick. If you really want to put your finger on the pulse of the Mile High City, check out the Crawford Hotel in Union Station!
8. Capitol Hill Mansion
Nestled on a quiet residential street dubbed "Millionare's Row" is this Colorado and National Historic Landmark built in 1891. If you're looking for a relaxing romantic getaway that's still within walking distance of cultural activities such as the Denver Art Museum, the Capitol Building, and downtown, try out one of Cap Hill Mansion's eight elegant guest rooms. Breakfast is served at your leisure for two hours each morning, and they generously pour complimentary wine in the evening. These digs in Denver's original upscale neighborhood (just blocks from the Unsinkable Molly Brown's home) are a true Mile High lodging treasure!
9. The Queen Anne
Want to kick back in an urban oasis in the heart of downtown Denver? Book this bed and breakfast on Tremont which was originally a 19th century home but was renovated in 2008 and now boasts 14 rooms with locally crafted oak platform beds complete with organic bedding. The Queen Anne is passionate about sustainability, and the local community, and demonstrates that through Colorado-made natural body products, low-flow shower heads, unbleached paper products, and 100% biodegradable cleaning products. They also create delectable breakfast feasts for guests using ingredients from local vendors, and herbs and vegetables from their on-site garden...not to mention their fantastic happy hour (from 5:30-7pm) featuring complimentary Colorado wines, cheeses, and other sundries. I adore Queen Anne's dedication to our environment and our Mile High City!
10. Castle Marne
On 16th and Race in Capitol Hill, just blocks from City Park, lies this true Victorian stone mason built in 1889. It has been restored to its original splendor, with a 22-inch thick exterior of rusticated native lava stone from Castle Rock and a unique circular 6-foot-in-diameter stained glass brilliant peacock window, created by Denver artist M. Watkins in 1889. They've got nine lovely rooms, afternoon tea time, and a formal dining room, which can be reserved for a romantic candle-lit dinner for two. Ooh la la!
Are there any unique places to stay in Denver that we forgot? Let us know your favorite lodgings in the comments!